Bitcoin’s popularity seems to be on the rise despite the cryptocurrency’s sluggish performance in June with the East Asian market emerging as favorites. With the market for cryptocurrencies spread across western countries and its base in South Asia, with a few hotbeds spread across the globe, the dominance is fairly diverse with the Asian dragon peaking in recent months.
According to a recent piece of analysis by Binance Research questioning Asia’s stance of going “all-in” with reference to the cryptocurrency realm, three key players were noticed. China, Japan, and South Korea were top contenders, each amassing soaring premiums compared to its USD-spot equivalent for their own domestic virtual currency market.
Bitflyer, the FSA adherent cryptocurrency exchange saw leveraged premiums on the FCBTC/JPT trading pair soar to 5 percent in the past month, since mid-May 2019. The last time these figures enjoyed a high as the current one was prior during July 2018.
The peak of the crypto-winter, which saw the price of Bitcoin drop from a yearly high of over $13,000 to a low of $3,000, saw the premiums move in accordance. The BTC leverage post-November 2018 to March 2018 was in the negative and switched above the x-axis following the April ascendance when the price shot up over $5,000.
Bithumb, the largest fiat-cryptocurrency South Korean exchange also enjoyed a similar high with the return of the “Kimichi premium.” The Asian giant also saw premiums touching 5 percent in the past month, but the switch was not as drastic as Bitflyer. The last time Bithumb’s premium reached and rose above this level, it was November 2018.
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“The “Kimichi Premium” returns, the price of Bitcoin (BTC/KRW) in South Korean exchange Bithumb has recently seen premiums of up to 5% to that of BTC/USD spot price,